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Apr 30, 2013 10:00pm PDT
shrugged it off last night. but the pentagon did tell the white house it would take 75,000 troops to secure those weapons. >> let's bring in aaron david miller, distinguished scholar at the wilson center. >>> was it a mistake for president obama to draw a red line like this? >> you're a president. you're asked over the course of the last year what happens if syrians deploy chemical weapons. you're going to say something cig niche cant. use the word game-changer. use the word red line. the problem is it turned pink very quickly. if the gap between rhetoric and action is so large that it swallows up with remains of american credibility, the president has a significant problem. and, second, the reality is asaad has introduced these weapons incrementally. even surface-to-surface missiles. now he's doing precisely the same thing with cw. >> what is cw? >> chemical weapons. >> chemical weapons. >> okay. >> sorry. >>> in an effort to impose some kind of cost. we're coming out of the two longest wars in american history where the standard for victory was never could we win, but when could we
May 1, 2013 10:00pm PDT
how they are treated. president obama says the facility should be closed and that congress wouldn't let it happen. but he promised to revisit the issue. here is what the president said at the white house yesterday. >> i think it's critical for us to understand that guantanamo is not necessary to keep america safe. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standing. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counter terrorism efforts. it is a recruitment tool for extremists, it needs to be closed. >> he also said that, of course, during his re-election campaign. and it hasn't happened so far. >> i'd like to see him make a more forceful case here. a little more lurid language. >> it's really bad, yesterday he said i don't want these individuals to die. to that end there are some 25 and counting prisoners on hunger strike who have been designated to be force fed. >> it's actually like 100. >> it is more than that, but 25 or so are being force fed. the way it was described to me, by lawyers and by medical experts, is that they are strapped down to a ch
Apr 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
president obama to intervene in the syrian war. all that after last week, the white house said that basha bashar alasaad probably used chemical weapons, but they said it was a small amount. it does seem to contradict what president obama said earlier about a red line that the regime couldn't cross. >> i keep feeling i've seen this movie before in bosnia. and i really do liken syria to bosnia, not libya and all the other. bosnia. in bosnia, the united states did not want to accept there was an ethnic cleansing or genocide going on. all sides were equally guilty. it took a final massacre. it has been tried and they've been charged with genocide, the culprits. here, 70,000 casualties, two years later and the president laid down not just his red line, but the kper national communities red line. also, the president doesn't like it. it is a violation of the laws of war. it's a crime that the world has to deal with. i was interviewed and i have been doing this for weeks and months. and this week, we have had two eyewitnesss, basically, inside syria who have told us about what they saw abou
Search Results 0 to 4 of about 5 (some duplicates have been removed)